One meeting not enough
A single special meeting by the Port Lincoln Council seems vastly inadequate to cover all Eyre Peninsula coastal townships.
Any environmental damage by oil and gas drilling in the Great Australian Bight has the potential to seriously impact every West Coast and Spencer Gulf community.
Pooling information and assessing risk factors with the other councils and government department’s such as Coastal Protection, Fisheries and environment is vital.
There is far more at stake for everyone and the issue deserves greater attention than just hearing five minute viewpoints in one meeting.
Most don’t know what it is like to sleep out in the cold, to not know where they will get their next meal, to be forced to sleep with their shoes on just so they can make a quick escape if someone comes to harm them.
Most don’t pay too much attention to those sleeping rough in our cities, towns and communities. But I do.
August 6 to 13 is Homelessness week, a week where we thrust the issue of homelessness into the spotlight for all Australians.
Everybody needs a home and no one deserves to be left out on the streets.
I started Youth Off The Streets in Kings Cross by feeding the local homeless kids and that was just the beginning, I started to recognise the dire need for something more.
Now my organisation has many housing options available for young people but homelessness remains a significant issue.
In New South Wales alone, homelessness rates have risen by 27 per cent since 2011, and the numbers aren’t much better in other states and territories.
We as a country need to stop ignoring homelessness and begin to take positive steps to help Australians in need. So much can be done to prevent this issue; we need to give struggling families a boost before homeless becomes an unfortunate reality. I am dedicated to breaking the cycle of disadvantage and giving Australians the chance to achieve greatness.
The reality is that homelessness is an ongoing battle for some and it’s a battle that is hard to win by yourself. This week I implore you to take the time to look into the issue of homelessness, read about how it affects our nation and most importantly our people.
FATHER CHRIS RILEY
CEO and Founder at Youth Off The Streets
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Thoughtless vandals pulled plants out of the Port Lincoln High School’s welcome garden last week.
There is no respect for other people’s property anymore.
There really aren't any words for this, but perhaps one day karma will visit the culprits.
Oh no. This makes me so sad. It's so senseless and disappointing.
Coffin Bay is getting ready for its first Billy Cart Derby, organised by the town’s Progress Association.
They picked a good hill! Plenty of bombing down there in my prime.